Destination guide

Why people love visiting charming Santa Cruz

Enjoy the culture and other features of Santa Cruz. This city's beaches, seaside and sporting events attract many visitors, as does its romantic and relaxing location. Palheiro Gardens and Madeira Stadium are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Santa Cruz

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Santa Cruz has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santo da Serra Golf Club (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Quinta Da Junta (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Palheiro Golf Club (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Funchal Cable Car - Monte Station (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Funchal-Monte Teleferico (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • PR11 Vereda dos Balcões (6.8 mi / 11 km)

Seasonal weather in Santa Cruz

If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, August, September, October and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 25°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is famous for its pristine beaches and beautiful ocean views. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Cruz is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Palheiro Gardens (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Botanical Garden (6.1 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Monte Palace Gardens (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Santa Cruz Beach (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Reis Magos Beach (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Ponta da Oliveira (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Santa Cruz

Fly into Funchal (FNC-Cristiano Ronaldo), the closest airport, located 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Municipality of Santa Cruz?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,459 holiday lettings around Municipality of Santa Cruz. From 890 flats & apartments to 130 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Santa Cruz?

Rising every morning to ocean views and the roar of waves lapping at the sandy shore. Isn't this what perfect holidays are made of? HomeAway has 554 beachside rentals waiting for you. After a different setting? See if any of our other properties float your boat. Our options for this destination include:

  • 458 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 389 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 341 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Santa Cruz?

If you want to find out how the locals live, pull back the curtains and soak up this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You'll be able to choose from 899 different options on HomeAway. How does £17 a night sound? That's what you could be paying if you don't leave it too long! If that doesn't match your family's style, we have a range of other self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 308 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Villa: 123 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £37 per night.
  • Hotel: 58 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £37 per night.

Can I stay in Santa Cruz in a large group?

There's nothing more enjoyable than being somewhere new with family and friends. And the best news is HomeAway has some options to suit big groups. The most popular option for bigger groups here are apartment holiday rentals, and we have 144 currently listed. Rental accommodation around the area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we offer 273 properties perfect for that size. Spend a night for as little as £28.
  • If you have 5 in your group, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 103 rental accommodation that are perfect. You can get one for as little as £25 per night.
  • Seeking out properties for rent to suit 8 guests? You'll be delighted to find out we have 96 that'll be ideal. You can book one from just £34 per night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your cousin and all your pals to Santa Cruz.